On his first full day in office, President Obama issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government that called for “an unprecedented level of openness in Government.” The President identified two purposes of greater openness: to “strengthen our democracy,” and to “promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” Over the past two years, the Administration has indeed taken unparalleled steps to make our democracy both stronger and more effective. These efforts have emphasized three principles of openness—transparency, participation, and collaboration. As part of the Administration’s Open Government Initiative, every major agency has formulated its own Open Government Plan, and made available to the public unprecedented amounts of information. On June 13, 2011, the President furthered these efforts through his Executive Order on Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government. In particular, through this Order, he established the Government Accountability & Transparency Board to provide strategic direction for enhancing the transparency of Federal spending and advance efforts to detect and remediate fraud, waste, and abuse in Federal programs. Through all of these efforts, the Administration has also institutionalized a culture of open government, and created an openness infrastructure to strengthen the relationship between citizens and their government. This ongoing work will continue to promote a more robust democracy and effective government.